CPA Exam Pass Rates

Each quarter of every year, the AICPA releases the average CPA Exam Pass Rates, broken down by section. The cumulative pass rate percentages vary slightly per section and per quarter, but tend to hover around 45-55%. See previous years’ pass rates for each section of the CPA Exam.
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CPA Exam Pass Rates

It’s important to note that the ebb and flow of CPA pass rates is not due to any change in exam difficulty, but instead an indicator of student preparedness – what review course they studied with, what materials they used, and how much support they received. It’s no secret that the CPA Exam is one of the most difficult professional exams – passing success requires determination, dedication and purposeful CPA study materials. With a 91% pass rate, Roger CPA Review has helped over 200,000 students reach their goals. Our students’ extraordinary rate of success is accredited to our patent-pending SmartPath Predictive Technology™. We’re empowering future accountants to achieve their career goals through impactful, data-driven learning – faster than ever before.

CPA Exam Pass Rates 2021 & 2020:

2021 CPA Exam Pass Rates
Section Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Cumulative
AUD 48.56% 50.49% 49.70%
BEC 62.16% 63.31% 62.84%
FAR 46.64% 42.63% 44.70%
REG 59.29% 58.81% 59.03%
2020 CPA Exam Pass Rates
Section Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Cumulative
AUD 47.97% 65.29% 56.89% 47.50% 52.84%
BEC 61.76% 76.92% 69.89% 60.77% 65.56%
FAR 46.37% 62.86% 55.67% 43.53% 49.98%
REG 55.42% 74.97% 66.12% 58.00% 62.29%
2019 CPA Exam Pass Rates
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Cumulative
AUD 48.56% 55.11% 51.94% 47.88% 51.01%
BEC 58.00% 59.74% 63.04% 58.61% 59.98%
FAR 44.43% 49.37% 50.29% 40.57% 46.31%
REG 50.23% 58.66% 58.41% 55.89% 56.34%

Historical Pass Rates By Section

CPA Exam AUD Section

AUD Historical Pass Rates

While the material within the Auditing Exam contains very fundamental concepts, students allege that the questions on the exam are confusing, mainly because there could be more than one correct answer to each problem. While the AUD Exam is more theory-based in its questions, FAR, REG, and BEC require more memorization from students.

AUD Exam Pass Rates 2015-2018
2015 47%
2016 46%
2017 49%
2018 51%

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